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Julia Bodensteiner

ESO Fellow

Springer Thesis

In Summer 2022, my PhD thesis was selected to be published as part of the 'Springer theses', a book thesis to recognize outstanding PhD research. This monograph, entitled "Observational imprints of binary evolution on B- and Be-star populations" summarizes the main findings of my PhD, in which I used observations, mainly optical spectroscopy, to detect and characterize products of binary interactions.

Press coverage

'Black hole police' discover a dormant black hole outside our galaxy

Click here to read our ESO press release about the recently detected quiescent black-hole binary VFTS 243.

'Closest black hole' system found to contain no black hole

Click here to read our ESO press release on new GRAVITY and MUSE data of HR 6819, and here to watch the corresponding ESOcast.

Closest black hole turns out to not be a black hole after all

Click here to read our KU Leuven press release on our new interpretation of the spectroscopic data available for HR 6819.

Outreach activities

During my PhD, I have realized more and more that I have a passion for outreach. With this, I want to encourage people, especially kids, to follow their curiosity and to learn more about the Universe we live in.

As part of the Flemisch initiative "Science Figured Out", I presented my science to a wieder public in a short, 2-minutes video. In this video, I explain what the stars I study have in common with ballerinas, and why I want to study their rapid spins around their own axis.

In spring 2019, I gave a talk in a bar in the context of the world-wide science festival Pint of Science. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemics, we had to come up with new ideas to reach the public. One of these is Couch of Science, an online version bringing Pint of Science to everyone's homes. Together with two colleagues, I joined an online discussion about one of our recent publications.

Screenshot of our Couch Of Science Online Session about Black Holes

Another outreach platform I am actively participating is the Skype a Scientist initiative, which virtually connects scientists with teachers and classrooms all over the world. In the past two years, I talked to more than ten different classrooms in four different continents.